open for inspection

a concrete victory

“jesus owns melbourne”

said the sticker on the fridge

in another person’s home

they’d thrown open the doors

for half an hour

who wants to buy?

like so many others

in this area

we’d already seen

the house was from

another era

green carpets

brown slippers

a musty smell

and a quiet frailty

maybe someone’ll shut

the wire screen door

after feeding the cat

out back

and turn the radio on low

so it’ll feel like

they’re not alone in the house

this cold evening.